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ax_compile_check_sizeof

Synopsis

AX_COMPILE_CHECK_SIZEOF(TYPE [, HEADERS [, EXTRA_SIZES...]])

Description

This macro checks for the size of TYPE using compile checks, not run checks. You can supply extra HEADERS to look into. the check will cycle through 1 2 4 8 16 and any EXTRA_SIZES the user supplies. If a match is found, it will #define SIZEOF_‘TYPE’ to that value. Otherwise it will emit a configure time error indicating the size of the type could not be determined.

The trick is that C will not allow duplicate case labels. While this is valid C code:

  switch (0) case 0: case 1:;

The following is not:

  switch (0) case 0: case 0:;

Thus, the AC_TRY_COMPILE will fail if the currently tried size does not match.

Here is an example skeleton configure.in script, demonstrating the macro’s usage:

  AC_PROG_CC
  AC_CHECK_HEADERS(stddef.h unistd.h)
  AC_TYPE_SIZE_T
  AC_CHECK_TYPE(ssize_t, int)
  headers='#ifdef HAVE_STDDEF_H
  #include <stddef.h>
  #endif
  #ifdef HAVE_UNISTD_H
  #include <unistd.h>
  #endif
  '
  AX_COMPILE_CHECK_SIZEOF(char)
  AX_COMPILE_CHECK_SIZEOF(short)
  AX_COMPILE_CHECK_SIZEOF(int)
  AX_COMPILE_CHECK_SIZEOF(long)
  AX_COMPILE_CHECK_SIZEOF(unsigned char *)
  AX_COMPILE_CHECK_SIZEOF(void *)
  AX_COMPILE_CHECK_SIZEOF(size_t, $headers)
  AX_COMPILE_CHECK_SIZEOF(ssize_t, $headers)
  AX_COMPILE_CHECK_SIZEOF(ptrdiff_t, $headers)
  AX_COMPILE_CHECK_SIZEOF(off_t, $headers)

Source Code

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License

Copyright © 2008 Kaveh Ghazi ghazi@caip.rutgers.edu

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

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